Ralph "Farmer" Edward McFadden ---- March 28, 1915 - October 14, 2004 ---- Ralph was born in Millbank, ON, son of Irish farmers. At an early age the family moved to Stratford where he obtained the nickname “Farmer” because he wore overalls & rubber boots. He excelled in all sports, especially hockey & golf. At age 19, he signed to play pro hockey in the U.S.A. within the New York Rangers system. Marriage to Margaret MacDonald ensued & along came Sheila, Bruce, Murray & Brenda. When WWII broke out, he and his brother Albert, joined the army. The family moved to Seaforth in 1940 where he played for the 1941 OHA Champion Beavers. He coached Jr. Hockey and refereed in the OHA & WOHA. When he wasn’t working or gardening, he was out fishing. He volunteered freely of his time in several organizations. Because of his coaching ability, he accepted a scouting position with the Detroit Red Wing organization. He coached Jr. teams in Burlington & Hamilton, where he scouted the likes of Paul Henderson & Larry Jeffrey; and he coached Pat Quinn, Bert Templeton & Murray Oliver, plus many others. He moved to London to work for D.H. Howdens in the Sporting Goods Dept. & continued scouting. A widower at a young age, Ralph married “Texas mary”. Retirement brought them to Grand bend where golf became a way of life. Golfing between there and Texas, he initiated the first Scatcherd Golf Classic (his foursome won the event)! In his golfing “career” he achieved two holes-in-one! He could out psych anyone before the game even started! Returning to Seaforth, he continued to enjoy golf, gardening or just sitting on the porch with a cold beer, a cigar and listening to a Blue Jay game! Christmas was his absolute favorite! He loved his family, especially the grandchildren whom he loved to tease, spoil & encouraged them to always try their best. Along with spoiling grandkids, he loved spoiling dogs. Ralph knew how to practice the joy of living. He loved to entertain friends & you were always welcome in his home. A smile was always on his face (unless you put too much water in his rye—or stood in front of his T.V.)! While living in the Seaforth Manor, he fought back from several set backs but his life in the Seaforth Manor was comfortable & first rate. He always said, “You can buy almost anything except respect.” Ralph “Farmer” McFadden, was a respected man.